Pope Francis: Why was killer priest Christian Von Wernich allowed to celebrate Mass in prison?
CARDINAL Bergoglio has been made Pope Francis. The NYTimes rakes over the coals of his time in Argentina. Christian Von Wernich was a police chaplain in that country. In 2007, the priest was convicted for part in seven murders, 42 abductions and 31 cases of torture during the 1976-83 “Dirty War”. People confided in Wernich. And he told all to the police.
For some time Father Von Wernich lived in Chile, where he worked as a priest under a false name.
Father von Wernich was allowed to continue to celebrate Mass in prison, and in 2010, a church official said that “at the appropriate time, von Wernich’s situation will have to be resolved in accordance with canonical law.” But Cardinal Bergoglio never issued a formal apology on behalf of the church, or commented directly on the case, and during his tenure the bishops’ conference was similarly silent.
Only in November 2012, a year after Cardinal Bergoglio had stepped down as head of the bishops’ conference, did the group address the issue of its role during the dictatorship.
Pope Francis is 76. Put someone old in the job and watch the power behind the throne carry on regardless…
Photo: Former police chaplain Christian Von Wernich reacts after the verdict was pronounced in a trial in La Plata, Argentina, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007. Von Wernich is the first Roman Catholic priest to be charged for crimes committed under Argentina’s dictatorship, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in a trial that focused attention on church’s role in the military’s “dirty war” on opponents.